Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shanghai, Hong Kong: top places to visit in Asia

Shanghai's Nanjing Street at night
Two cities in China have been named to Lonely Planet's list of top 10 places to visit in Asia in 2016.

They are Shanghai, No. 2, and  Hong Kong, No. 5, both major international cities drawing millions of tourists each year.

Shanghai is the financial capital of China and the country's largest city.  It made the list because the first Disney resort in China opened there in June 2016. This metropolis is a bustling city on the Haungpu Rive, so a walk along the Bund is a prime activity for visitors. Shanghai also has some of the most innovative architecture I've ever seen. It's particularly spectacular at night if you're taking a river cruise.

Hong Kong is famous for Victoria Peak and the Star Ferry, but the guidebook publisher picked it because of its great parks in the outlying areas.  The former British colony reverted to Chinese ownership in 1997.

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